Profile of Individuals

Thom Powell Environmental Architect

By Kristy Alpert    

Although the average Dallas citizen may not personally know Thom Powell, chances are his work has impacted his or her life. This 49-year-old architect has been behind the scenes of some of the biggest, culturally-impacting projects to grace Dallas’ city limits, most notably the Annette Strauss Artist Square, 1407 Main Street (winner of the 2009 Downtown Association award), and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science where he currently serves as the sustainability consultant.

By Rita Cook    
   

K-News - An eBlast of Fresh Air

 "A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill." -Robert A.Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)  - Favorite quote of Kathleen Matusmura. 
  
By Kristy Alpert
    

When the votes came in for Kathleen Matsumura’s second round at running for Farmers Brach City Council, this 63-year-old activist knew it was time to take matters into her own hands when it came to influencing her community.
   

By Kristy Alpert    
    

By Esther Wu    

     
If you drive past Gary Gene Olp’s home, you may be struck by its contemporary design. But what makes his house truly different is not readily visible. Unlike most of the homes in Dallas, Mr. Olp’s house not only saves him money, it helps save the environment. “To be more specific, it is helping to preserve the environment for future generations,” explains Gary Gene Olp, who was recently appointed chairman of the North Texas chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council  

By Rita Cook 
  
From recycling, to composting to steering clear of using chemicals in his yard that was just the beginning of Dr. Earl Ruby’s green-minded living alternatives at his home in Midlothian. Later he added four wind turbines in his yard as well as 60 solar panels.

By Holly Haber  

Dallas has a champion of environmentally-friendly fashion in Susanne Taylor.  

Taylor has worked in the fashion business for 35 years but she isn’t a designer, manufacturer or retailer.

By Brandolon Barnett  

What does "green" mean to you? From the opportunity for children to enjoy nature to the beauty of the smallest things around us, people who care about the environment are answering the question with entries in the 2011 Green Photo Contest by Green Source DFW. You have until the 30th to submit your entry through our Facebook page

 

By Holly Haber  

Tom Kemper was the first person in Dallas to organize a major public recycling effort back in 1992, and he’s still a maverick today at age 57.

Molly Rooke: Environmental Advocate

By Esther Wu    

At first glance Molly Rooke appears to be a shy, soft-spoken unassuming woman who appears to be more comfortable at the back of the room than in front. She is a slim woman with long blond hair and piercing green eyes. But don’t let her demeanor fool you. Molly Rooke is a woman who can move mountains -- for the good of the environment. And it all began with a small pile of newspapers in 1988.

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